MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Optimise bearings to avoid production downtime
Bearings are highly stressed drive components which, over a period of time, become susceptible to wear. With this in mind, it is particularly important to include bearings when developing a maintenance plan, as this strategy will help extend the operating life of machinery or equipment.
The trade-off between fastener performance and wear resistance
One of the most common problems that occur when tightening fasteners is ‘galling’. While galled fasteners will certainly not be loose, the related joint won’t be properly tensioned and can fail from fatigue when put under service loads. As a result, the equipment may be affected, with mating components being seized, stripped, twisted off or sheared. Chris Herling, Applications Engineer at Optimas, looks at thread galling and how to reduce its occurrence.
Bin-picking using robots and 3D vision
For processors, one of the most promising industrial internet of things (IIoT) tools is the vision system. Combining a 3D camera with vision software and a robot arm enables facilities to automate bin picking with ease. We discussed this emerging technology with Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics.
Why surge protection is essential
Proper electrical protection is the key to safely removing the effects of dangerous overcurrents due to short circuits, overloads and voltage transients from switching surges, and other abnormal conditions. Kevan Cowley, Electronic & Safety Specialist with Wieland Electric, examines how and why protection is often overlooked.
Using predictive analytics to improve manufacturing
Research by IndustryWeek shows that equipment failure is the cause of 42 per cent of unplanned downtime. This raises questions about why more manufacturers aren’t using technology to improve machine and factory performance. Here, Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at industrial software expert COPA-DATA, explains how to leverage predictive analytics to reduce factory downtime and increase business competitiveness.
How industrial machines benefit from smart sensors
Sensors are essential in capturing basic diagnostics from industrial machines and equipment. However, as the people maintaining these machines near retirement, a new, younger workforce is emerging. Although this new generation is comfortable with rapidly evolving manufacturing technology and the data that comes with it, these employees are not necessarily as 'in tune' with the equipment as seasoned staff.
Solenoid control in potentially explosive atmospheres
Paul Hobden, Bürkert UK ATEX solenoid valve champion, looks at the challenges surrounding process control in potentially explosive atmospheres and how they can be overcome.
How to increase sustainability when specifying plastics
The war on plastic waste is arguably one of the biggest environmental battles of the 21st century. Here, Dr Simona Maccarrone, materials scientist at online materials database Matmatch, explains what new options suppliers are adopting to increase sustainability in the plastics market.